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Dubai’s Plan for the World’s Tallest Twin Towers Unveiled

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 5, 2014

By Rachel Hennessey

A new announcement came this week from co-developers Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties. Their next big project on the horizon is Dubai Creek Harbour–a 1,482 acre site including a pair of towers that they hope will be the world’s tallest twinned skyscrapers.

The area planned for Dubai Creek Harbour is three times the size of Emaar’s current Downtown Dubai development, home of the Burj Khalifa, which Emaar also developed. Its location would be next to the ‘Ras Al Khor’ wetlands on the city’s waterfront at The Lagoons. With six other structures planned in addition to the twin skyscrapers, the project will also include retail, luxury hotels, and an estimated 39,000 residential units.

A statement released by Emaar says: “Planned on an open site, Dubai Creek Harbour will combine the city with the natural contours of the creek. With no legacy ties to infrastructure, this new Dubai will leapfrog many of the world’s other global cities.” The developer released its design concepts and layout without disclosing who the architects will be, though units from the first planned residential tower will hit the pre-sale market in Dubai, Abu Dahbi, London and Moscow on November 1 regardless. This first residential tower will be 40-stories, with one, two and three-bedroom units ranging from 900 to 2, 150 square feet.

The residential structures planned for Dubai Creek Harbour. Photo: Emaar Properties

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Qatar’s Vagina Stadium Distracts from Heinous Human Rights Abuses

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 3, 2013

By Cristina Maza
After the small, gas-rich country of Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, the nation’s leaders set out to build a 40,000-capacity stadium that would leave international spectators in awe. While the stadium itself has yet to be constructed, the building’s design alone has already succeeded in capturing the attention of international onlookers. While some sports fans may be impressed and inspired by the future stadium’s cooled pitch and real grass, most agree that the building’s most noteworthy characteristic is that it resembles a massive vagina.


Since the design’s release, media pundits and web-based wonks have penned a plethora of clever commentary detailing the suggestiveness of the future stadium’s gaping hole, and the sleek luminosity of its labia-like attachments. However, amid the foray of opinions regarding whether a vagina-shaped sports arena should be celebrated or ridiculed, commentators have forgotten the most significant fact about the building’s construction: Qatar’s migrant workers, who will build the now-infamous stadium, are treated like animals and forced to work gruelling hours in dangerous conditions.

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Taschen’s “100 Contemporary Houses” Shows World’s Most Experimental Homes (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

What’s that? You were excited that your house had a walk-in closet? Well, perhaps it’s time to get really envious, because “100 Contemporary Houses”captures the most eye-catching avant-garde abodes across the world. Which poses the question: Can one inhabit a work of art?

From an adult tree house to a beach-side labyrinth, the homes are definitely going to take up some space on your Pinterest boards. This book contains 100 houses made in the past decade that prove home is where the art is.

This Taschen gem features homes designed by all kinds of starchitects, including John Pawson, Richard Meier, Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog and de Meuron, Daniel Libeskind, Alvaro Siza, UNStudio, and Peter Zumthor.

Check out a slideshow of the homes below, and let us know what your dream home would look like in the comments section.


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